Wildflower Wednesday + 1

June 23rd, 2011

Oops, Wildflower Wednesday slipped right past me and I really didn’t want to miss it because the meadow is beautiful this time of year.

The meadow is really just a field that we mow once a year – whatever grows there is sown by Mother Nature and it changes from year to year. There’s a good display of black-eyed susans this year (Rudbeckia sp.). Lots of fleabane (Erigeron spp.) and yarrow (Achillea) too.

Black-eyed Susans and Fleabane

Black-eyed Susans and Fleabane

We have our share of buzzy pollinators in the meadow, but I’m more attracted to the big colorful insects that float over the flowers and grasses – the dragonflies and butterflies.

Calico Pennant

Calico Pennant

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

An incomplete list of some of the native flowers blooming in the meadow today:

  • Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia sp.)
  • Fleabane (Erigeron spp.). We have at least 2 species of Fleabane, and I haven’t positively identified them.
  • Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
  • Maryland Meadow Beauty (Rhexia mariana)
  • Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum sp.)

Thanks to Gail at Clay & Limestone for championing native wildflowers!

4 Responses to “Wildflower Wednesday + 1”

  1. MrBrownThumb says:

    That Calico pennant is beautiful! I haven’t seen a single black swallowtail this year. I usually see a couple of them by this time.

  2. Tammie says:

    beautiful captures, thank you for sharing with us.

  3. Rose says:

    What a gorgeous dragonfly! I haven’t seen any here at all this year, which seems strange because we’ve had a lot of rain. I love the idea of a meadow planted by Mother Nature–the pollinators must love it!

  4. Wendy says:

    wow, what a great photo of that dragonfly! Love the meadow. just read a book to my daughter about a little girl that saved a flower, which turned into a little patch of flowers, which turned into a meadow. What natural lovliness.

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